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click to enlarge Jacqueline Grandt, Ada Grey, and Brendan Meyer

Jacqueline Grandt, Ada Grey, and Brendan Meyer

Jan Ellen Graves

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Oct. 9 2016
Price: $30-$35, students and seniors $25-$30
Some of the pain in Lucy Thurber’s searing portrait of the sad, drunk, spiritually bankrupt denizens of a working-class town is played for laughs, but that doesn’t make us worry any less about the two children at the center of this story—a talented high school student and his even more talented young sister, played with grace and power by Brendan Meyer and Ada Grey. We have less sympathy for the self-centered adults around them, in part because at times Thurber’s dialogue feels forced and unreal, but mostly because the performances in this Redtwist Theatre production, directed by Cody Estle, are so uneven. Jacqueline Grandt is superb as the overworked, underpaid mom, but Johnny Garcia and Mark Pracht are less than satisfying as two men vying for her attention. —Jack Helbig

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